Edit: See another automated method to do this http://forum.videohelp.com/topic377680.html
There aren't too many free methods to convert AVCHD to other formats. Recent upgrades to the libavcodec library have built in PAFF support, which allows AVCHD to be properly decoded. The latest DGAVCdec program works with AVCHD. Here's how to do it.
1- Install Avisynth 2.57 or later. v2.58 works fine on my machine:
2- Download and unzip the AVCHD_CONVERT package:
3-Drag your .MTS files into the same folder as the unzipped files. Double Click the appropriate .bat to run
4- Open up the avs files as highlighted below with your favorite app (ie - VirtualDub), and you should be able to preview the video . Remember, with a 45 frame fade-in, you'll have to scrub forward to see anything.
Q - Which batch file should I choose?
A - Depends on your camera, the settings in which you filmed, and what you're planning on doing with the output files.
The __1920x1080_Same_As_Source.bat file will output the same settings as your input file. That's a good (but slow because of the size) script for editing in NLE packages such as Vegas.
If you aren't editing and just want to make DVDs or MP4 or AVIs, choose one of the other batch files. The dimensions 848x480 for NTSC and 1024x576 for PAL were chosen specifically to feed the proper file dimensions and aspect ratio into your MPEG2 encoder.
The .BAT files are named with what the output will be. ie - 848x480 size dimensions and deinterlaced
Q - I want to edit in Premiere/Vegas/etc. Which codec/format should I save in?
A - Lagarith or Huffyuv are both lossless codecs, so converting the .MTS file to a Lagarith encoded .AVI file in VirtualDub will do the trick.
Q - It doesn't work on my MTS file, or the ouput looks corrupt.
A - That's because there are too many AVCHD proprietary modifications put in place by the camera manufacturers. You can still use the scripts, but you'll have to purchase DGavcdecNV for $15 (and you must have an Nvdia 8500 card or higher). There's also a Directshow method to get around this problem. Let me know if you want to do this, I'll help you with the steps. Read this post for more information: http://forum.videohelp.com/topic357041.html
The script is set with a 45 frame fade-in and fade-out.
The HQ batch file uses a better (but slower, as in half as fast) deinterlacing method. It'll look better for videos with fast moving pans, etc. Try both and see if you notice a difference. If you don't, just use the regular one.
Make sure your AVCHD file has a .MTS extension
****** A Version Specifically for Vimeo (and Now Youtube HD) ******
*Note: If you want a GUI interface, the latest version of Xvid4PSP will do this for you. You still have to feed the app .MTS extension files. .M2TS isn't working yet.
Here's a version of the script designed to automatically transcode to Vimeo.com Upload Specs:
1280x720 6000k h264 with AAC audio MP4 files - This leads to a fairly large MP4 file, about 1/3rd to 1/2 the size of the original .MTS . But it looks pretty nice - no B frames.
The procedures and requirements are the same as above
1) Drag your MTS files into the same folder
2) When complete, the output files will be prefaced with "Vimeo_"
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Soopafresh does it AGAIN!!!
Unfortunately, I am rocking a Canon HV20 these days, which is HDV
Yes, that is just the way I'm doing it. I had Vegas 4 and recetly upgraded to 8. Also making use of the other threads that discuss how to convert 1440x1080 HDV to 1280x720. Doing lots of experiments to see what I can and cant do with the HV20. I am about to try a 24fps project and see how that turns out.
Very minor upgrades to v3
*Latest DGAVCdec ( Alpha 18 )
*Changes to the Avisynth Script
- turned off deblocking for slight performance increase and sharpening
- switched to Lanczos4Resize for slightly nicer quality over BicubicResize
BTW, the image quality of this method is superior to the older CoreAVC way. Big kudos to Don Graft (aka Neuron2). Also, a big improvement with the A/V sync . See clip (source MTS file author unknown)
Processing Multiple .MTS Files
This is fresh out of the oven, but it looks like it works.
1- Download and unzip this very small .zip file- _multi_demux_mts.zip
Copy to same folder as the rest of the stuff. Double click to run.
2- You'll feed the following files into your encoder/editor/etc
Here's an add-on which will automatically convert your MTS files to "lossless" Huffyuv with PCM WAV audio, or Xvid with mp3 audio. It uses FFmpeg (included) to do the transcoding.
Huffyuv Output Settings
Huffyuv v2.20 Standard
PCM_s16LE (stereo wav audio)
The Huffy batch file will prepare files suitable for many PC based editing packages, including Vegas, etc (at least I think it does). You should have LOTS of available free space, as the output file will be 30-40times the size of the original .MTS . Quad core machine is recommended if you want to see smooth playback. You can use the built-in Huffyuv decoder in ffdshow to play the file back, or download http://www.free-codecs.com/download/HuffYUV.htm
Xvid Output Settings
MP3 160K audio
The Xvid batch file will quickly create AVI files suitable for smooth playback on virtually any PC
Download, unzip, and copy into the same folder as the other stuff
Originally Posted by Soopafresh
In case it's not clear, with the latest version of DGAVCDec, you shouldn't need to demux the video first, and audio demuxing is supported.
Please let me know if you have any issues with your AVCHD files.
I didn't know that, neuron2. I'll test it out and see if I can implement it into the next version of the script. BTW, thank you for making all of this possible.
Thank you for making the tools accessible to the masses. Your efforts are greatly appreciated!
"Dismember" -- Ha ha, I love it.
I've been planning to buy an AVCHD capable camera. Any suggestions? I really need AV input (SD at least), though, for my underwater swimming video.
I don't own one. Just wrote the mini-guide to help folks out. I kinda prefer the convenience of the HDV Mpeg2 world, where you can IVTC the raw .M2T files to get 24p - or simpler yet straight 30p as on the new Canon HV30. Not as compression efficient as AVCHD, though.
Can someone help me to convert my mts files to Flash?
Also I used the convert to xvid post. Work fine but i wasn't able to play it not even when i installed the k-lite basic codec pack
Help would ne appreciated!
Thanx in Advance
Post one of the XVID files up here. Make sure it is less than 5MB in size.
It plays on my PC. I like that black fish.
Sounds like you've got a playback codec problem on your system. Codec packs like K-Lite will get you into trouble. Try uninstalling K-Lite and install an FFdshow from 2008 instead.
Creating a flash file is easy if you have a flash encoder program. Just feed it the .AVS files and voila.
Here's a flash script which uses mencoder. It might need Msvcp70.dll. If it complains, google for the file and download it into the AVCHD_Convert folder
other flash encoders then???
That was my question to you do you know any good ones
hmmm cant seem to be able to find a download link anywhere...
ok found the link trough google.
Now when I try to convert my avs file to flv or swf I get and error.
Can someone tell me the right settings?
Thanx in Advance
cool. Super works great, and it is a single shot m2ts ==>> avi converter. Just ran it on a sample clip, and it does what one would expect it to do. Link is here:
BTW, it is FREE too. It works as expected, conversion is roughly the duration of the clip, and once done clip can be edited with VDub.
New V4 has a lot of updates
-It supports multiple MTS files by deafult
-DGAVCdec upgrade to latest v19
-Turned deblocking back on, per recommendation of neuron2
-45 frame fade-in and fade-out
-Audio enhanced with dynamic range compression (sounds more professional)
-HQ batch file for high quality deinterlacing using Yadif for Avisynth. It's a few fps slower during the encode as a result, but the output looks a lot smoother during pans or fast movement.
I have a couple of questions:
1) If I were NOT to deinterlace in any way, keeping it interlaced, would filesize be smaller? (I believe my camera captures interlaced video because i have to deinterlace it on my PC with Nero ShowTime)
2) Is it better to leave a video interlaced for display on my 1080i HDTV? Is it better to deinterlace and burn that file as a Blu-ray or something, or to leave it interlaced and then burn that file as a Blu-ray or something?
3) If yes to either 1 or 2, is there a way to NOT deinterlace using the method explained and available for download in this thread.
Sure. It's pretty easy to turn deinterlacing off. Give me a sec and I'll diagram it.
Actually, here are 2 batch files which will process the file in an interlaced manner. One will resize to 720x400, the other will "resize" to 1920x1080